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Lesser Shortwing – distraction tactic

on 25th November 2016

ShortwingL [AmarSingh]

“I was back in the highlands to do some follow up work on some birds. While walking along a dark trail this adult male Lesser Shortwing (Brachypteryx leucophris wrayi) popped up literally at my feet. It then proceeded to keep ahead of me on the trail for the next 25-30 meters. It would keep ahead 2-4 meters and stop when I did.

ShortwingL [AmarSingh]

“It was very ‘confiding’ but I wonder if I was initially very close to its nest and it was leading me away?

ShortwingL [AmarSingh]

“Very dark canopy and I tried my chances with images (no flash used).”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
1th April 2015

Location: 1,600m ASL, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Habitat: A trial along primary montane forest

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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